SNAKE RIVER 2, MARSH VALLEY 2 (5-4 PKs)
Third-seeded Snake River outlasted No. 2 Marsh Valley through regulation, two overtime periods and a golden goal extra frame before winning 5-4 in penalty kicks Tuesday in the first round of the 3A District 5 tournament at American Falls.
“It was a nailbiter,” Panthers coach Jose Carranza said. “It’s an amazing feeling as a coach. You couldn’t ask for a better team. We just kept on moving along.”
Snake River plays Thursday against American Falls for the district championship. Marsh Valley plays Thursday against Aberdeen in a loser-out game.
AMERICAN FALLS 5, ABERDEEN 0
Top-seeded American Falls beat No. 4 Aberdeen 5-0 at home Tuesday in the first round of the 3A District 5 tournament.
Alex Cabrera scored twice, while Brian Martinez, Manuel Rosales and Jose Jaime added one goal apiece.
“We really didn’t play our best, but obviously we are happy for a win,” Beavers assistant coach Caroline Wight said. “We’re focused and ready for Thursday.”
American Falls plays Snake River on Thursday for the district championship. Aberdeen plays Thursday against Marsh Valley in a loser-out game.
HIGHLAND 3, RIGBY 2
Highland ended its regular season with a 3-2 home win Friday against Rigby.
Tregan Younis, Ben Bagley and Ben Elizarraras scored for the Rams. Elizarraras’ goal was a second-half penalty kick that broke a 2-2 tie.
The Rams (5-7-2, 2-4 5A District 5-6) are the No. 4 seed for the upcoming district tournament. They play Saturday at Thunder Ridge in the first round.
MALAD 5, SNAKE RIVER 0
Fourth-seeded Malad blanked No. 5 Snake River in Tuesday’s opening round of the 3A District 5 tournament at Marsh Valley High School.
Hailey Williams and Kinzlee Evans scored twice each. Sedar Nesbit added one goal.
“We really came together as team and played the way we wanted to,” Dragons coach Shenell Clark said.
Malad plays Thursday against Marsh Valley for a spot in the district championship game. Snake River plays Thursday against Aberdeen in a loser-out game.
AMERICAN FALLS 9, ABERDEEN 0
Halle Romero’s four goals and Katia Sanchez’s brace lifted No. 2-seed American Falls past No. 3 Aberdeen on Tuesday in the first round of the 3A District 5 tournament at Marsh Valley High School.
“The team played very well,” Beavers coach Nate Armstrong said. “The possession play was good and pretty clean. ... It was a great effort by the defense to get the clean sheet.”
A.F. plays either Marsh Valley or Malad on Saturday in the district championship game. Aberdeen plays Thursday against Snake River in a loser-out game.
HIGHLAND 8, RIGBY 1
Highland led 3-1 at halftime and tacked on five second-half goals in Tuesday’s 8-1 win at Rigby.
“It was our best-played game,” Highland coach Korbie Vaughan said. “Rigby stepped it up tonight, they played harder than they’ve played us before. We just rose to the occasion. ... Everybody that stepped on the field contributed.”
Aubrey Hymas (three), Saydree Bell (two), Hailey England (two) and Morgan Christensen scored for the Rams (9-5-1, 4-2 5A District 5-6), who are the No. 2 seed for the district tournament and host Thunder Ridge on Saturday.
THUNDER RIDGE 3, HIGHLAND 0
Highland hung around, but couldn’t take a set from Thunder Ridge in Tuesday’s 3-0 home loss, 13-25, 14-25, 18-25.
“We played scared,” Rams coach Kelsey Bystrom said. “It’s not for lack of talent, but it’s definitely a lack of confidence. ... These girls are trying to believe that they can compete against these tough teams, which they can. They physically are talented enough to be competing.”
McKenna Armstrong (12) and Mackenna Thayne (10) combined for 22 kills for Highland (15-15, 0-3 5A District 5-6), which plays Thursday at Madison.
CENTURY 3, WOOD RIVER 0
Century got the road sweep Tuesday, beating Wood River 25-18, 25-17, 25-21.
Lexi Bull tallied 13 digs and two aces, while Abby Christensen led the offense with 12 kills for the Diamondbacks (28-8, 10-1 4A District 4-5), who play Thursday at Burley.
POCATELLO 3, JEROME 0
Pocatello handled Jerome in Tuesday’s road sweep, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19.
Aaliyah Murdoch led the defense with 26 digs, Calysta McCurdy had eight kills, and Madison Wilkes and Halle Wray each had eight assists.
The Indians (10-5 4A District 4-5) host Preston on Thursday.
BONNEVILLE 3, BLACKFOOT 0
Blackfoot couldn’t keep up with Bonneville and fell at home Tuesday, 15-25, 11-25, 16-25.
“We did a little bit better on our defense against them (than last time we played them),” Broncos coach Alisha Nebeker said. “We prepared better for their offense.”
Blackfoot (12-12, 3-4 4A District 6) plays Thursday at Skyline.
SNAKE RIVER 3, MARSH VALLEY 1
Snake River beat Marsh Valley in four close sets Tuesday, 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 25-18.
“Girls played well tonight,” Snake River coach Shaunee Martin said. “Had that tough set after two wins. Glad they didn’t give up.”
“They were battling. They did well,” Marsh Valley coach Kimberly Call said of her team. “We’re excited to play Snake again.”
Jodyn Gilbert had 24 digs and six aces for Snake River (4-5, 2-0 3A District 5), which hosts American Falls on Thursday. Marissa Frazier tallied 18 digs, 13 kills and two aces for Marsh Valley (6-17, 1-1 3A District 5), which plays Saturday at Malad.
MACKAY 3, GRACE LUTHERAN 1
Grace Lutheran battled to a 3-1 home loss Tuesday against Mackay, 3-25, 26-24, 19-25, 14-25.
“After a rough first set, we really started playing like a confident volleyball team,” Royals coach Ryan Strehlow said. “Proud of the fight in our girls tonight.”
Grace Lutheran plays Thursday at Leadore.